Fantasy Player Projections

Wide Receivers
1bearsBrandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

8 rec, 95 yards, 2 rec TDs

Reuniting with Jay Cutler should do wonders for Marshall's fantasy value. His quarterbacks since Cutler left him in Denver have included Matt Moore, Chad Henne and Kyle Orton. He should have a field day against the Colts -- 15 targets isn't unreasonable.

2giantsVictor Cruz

Victor Cruz

8 rec, 124 yards, rec TD

The Cowboys had no answer for Cruz in last season's finale. Dallas rebuilt the cornerback position this offseason and the team still has no answer for the elusive Cruz. Bump him, double him, talk smack ... nothing will help Dallas stop Cruz from making big plays.

3lionsCalvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

8 rec, 124 yards, rec TD

The Rams added Cortland Finnegan this offseason to bolster the secondary. They could have added all-time Rams great Night Train Lane -- nobody is going to slow Johnson down.

4falconsJulio Jones

Julio Jones

6 rec, 101 yards, rec TD

No player was more hyped in the preseason than Jones, who had games of 109 and 90 yards in limited action. Is Jones ready to achieve elite fantasy status? His Week 1 stats will suggest he is.

5cowboysDez Bryant

Dez Bryant

6 rec, 96 yards, rec TD

The Cowboys' top target will eat up a New York defense that has no choice but to start journeyman Michael Coe due to multiple injuries at the cornerback position. Bon appétit!

6eaglesDeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson

6 rec, 96 yards, rec TD

Jackson’s new contract only satisfied his bank account; it didn’t earn him the respect he craves. The Browns secondary (ranked among the top five last year in both passing yards allowed per attempt and yards allowed per game) provides a challenge for the big-play wideout.

7saintsMarques Colston

Marques Colston

7 rec, 93 yards, rec TD

Colston’s sore left foot kept him out of practice on Wednesday but won’t restrict him against Washington on Sunday. Colston caught a 40-yard touchdown in his last game against Washington.

8texansAndre Johnson

Andre Johnson

7 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

Injuries continue to haunt the 10-year veteran, as he battled a groin injury this summer. He's healthy now, though, and the Dolphins are ripe for the picking. He caught seven passes for 95 yards and a TD in last year's opener.

9patriotsBrandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

5 rec, 89 yards, rec TD

It can take receivers time to adjust to a new offense, but that isn’t the case here. Lloyd’s familiarity with OC Josh McDaniels should yield immediate results -- like, Week 1 immediate.

10cardinalsLarry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

7 rec, 85 yards, rec TD

No. 11 seems to produce no matter who plays QB for the Cardinals, but his stats look better with John Skelton under center. He also needs rookie receiver Michael Floyd to develop quickly to take away some heat.

11patriotsWes Welker

Wes Welker

6 rec, 82 yards, rec TD

Welker’s stock is slowly falling as part of the league’s deepest passing game. The team cut ‘name’ receivers in recent weeks -- several of them. That said, he is still Tom Brady’s best short-route option.

12lionsTitus Young

Titus Young

4 rec, 81 yards, rec TD

Detroit’s other showstopper won’t be ignored in Week 1. The Lions invested a lot of energy in trying to get their downfield threat ready for the limelight. Expect Matthew Stafford to go up top to Young at least twice.

13bengalsA.J. Green

A.J. Green

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Fantasy owners can't be too excited about Green's opener against a tough Ravens pass defense. In his only game against the Ravens last season, Green caught just two passes for 26 yards. He'll do better this time.

14panthersSteve Smith

Steve Smith

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Smith posted the second-best season of his career in 2011 once Cam Newton joined the ballclub. In 18 career games against the Bucs, Smith has averaged just 63.6 yards, with six TDs. He's also dealing with a foot infection that could hamper him.

15ravensTorrey Smith

Torrey Smith

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

The last time the Ravens hosted the Bengals, Smith had his best game of his short NFL career, with six catches for 165 yards and a touchdown last November.

16buccaneersVincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

5 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

The former Charger is already the second-best wide receiver in Buccaneers history, behind Keyshawn Johnson. The Bucs are planning to run the ball, but they'll need Jackson to help keep defenses honest.

17chargersMalcom Floyd

Malcom Floyd

5 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

With Vincent Brown out with an ankle injury, the Chargers turn to Malcom Floyd as the WR2 alongside Robert Meachem. The Raiders' pass defense is weak at the corners, so Floyd could do some damage in Week 1.

18packersGreg Jennings

Greg Jennings

5 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

The Niners pose a difficult test for the Packers' passing game, but Jennings has scored in each season opener over the past three years, averaging six catches for 92 receiving yards per game.

19raidersDarrius Heyward-Bey

Darrius Heyward-Bey

5 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

A shoulder injury slowed DHB in the preseason, but he should be fine for Week 1 against the Chargers. This could be the year he finally breaks the 1,000-yard receiving mark.

20broncosDemaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

6 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

The Broncos are going up against the top passing defense from a year ago, when the Steelers kept teams under 172 net passing yards. Thomas, however, is a playmaker and should see the paint at least once. He caught five preseason passes for 53 yards.

21giantsHakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks

4 rec, 62 yards, rec TD

Nicks is expected to return for Week 1 after missing the entire preseason with a foot injury. Don't take this to mean he is 100% -- even if the foot is fully healed, Nicks hasn't played a competitive down since the Super Bowl.

22coltsReggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

6 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

The veteran chose to stay in Indianapolis and bridge the gap from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck. Without Manning, Wayne failed to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since 2003. Luck's arm should help Wayne to a bounce-back season.

23packersJordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

5 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

The Packers' No. 2 receiver loves the big play -- and he'll need one against a tough Niners defense that bends but doesn't break. He caught six passes for 77 yards and a TD in last year's opener.

24steelersAntonio Brown

Antonio Brown

5 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

There's a great chance 2012 will be the year Antonio Brown becomes a top 10 fantasy receiver. Entering his third year, he has done everything right so far. Don't let his two touchdowns in 2011 fool you.

25saintsLance Moore

Lance Moore

4 rec, 58 yards, rec TD

Marques Colston will see more balls thrown his direction, but Moore will make more big plays against a Redskins defense that allowed 7.5 yards per passing attempt last year.

26steelersMike Wallace

Mike Wallace

5 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Mike Wallace is no longer sitting on his couch, and he has been practicing this week. Is he completely in shape and familiar with Todd Haley's playbook? Those are the big questions.

27broncosEric Decker

Eric Decker

5 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

Decker became a favorite among fantasy owners when he caught two touchdown passes from Peyton Manning in the third preseason game. He can box out in the end zone for sure.

28ramsDanny Amendola

Danny Amendola

4 rec, 45 yards, rec TD

Amendola is probably the Rams' best all-around receiver, and is now the elder statesman for a group of newcomers at the position. If and when Sam Bradford guides the Rams inside the red zone, expect him to call on Amendola’s number.

29seahawksDoug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin

5 rec, 40 yards, rec TD

With Sidney Rice still working his way back to 100 percent, the Seahawks will look to the second-year man to pick up the slack. Unfortunately, Baldwin is also working his way back from a hamstring injury. That said, the Cardinals' pass defense was mediocre in 2011.

30billsStevie Johnson

Stevie Johnson

6 rec, 93 yards

Few receivers frustrated Darrelle Revis as much as Johnson did last year (159 yards in two games). Johnson will see the lion’s share of looks from Ryan Fitzpatrick, especially on key downs when Fitzpatrick has no one else to turn to.

31vikingsPercy Harvin

Percy Harvin

6 rec, 83 yards

Harvin ended 2011 on a high note, with six or more catches in six of the Vikings final eight games. He’ll begin 2012 on the same pace. No one defender -- at least no one on Jacksonville’s defense -- can shadow Harvin for 60 minutes.

32falconsRoddy White

Roddy White

6 rec, 79 yards

White spent the preseason praising teammate Julio Jones’ growth in the offense. White is still a special player, and probably will be a more consistent performer for fantasy owners. And, oh yeah, last time he faced the Chiefs, he recorded 119 yards and a touchdown (just sayin’).

33chiefsDwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe

6 rec, 78 yards

Bowe has gotten off to a slow start the past two years (two catches for 17 yards in Week 1 last year; one catch for 13 yards in the 2010 season opener). It’s a trend fantasy owners should expect to continue for a third year. Bowe saw very little action this preseason after arriving to camp late. Hold off a week.

34jetsSantonio Holmes

Santonio Holmes

4 rec, 67 yards

Injured ribs kept Holmes at bay for much of the preseason, but the Jets have no choice now but to unleash their No. 1 receiver. He caught a touchdown in each of the two meetings against Buffalo last year, but with 29 and 22 yards, respectively. You want that?

35ramsSteve Smith

Steve Smith

5 rec, 65 yards

Finally healthy, Smith will complement Danny Amendola in the offense as a possession receiver, which could pay dividends this week in a game in which both clubs will be doing an awful lot of passing.

3649ersMichael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

5 rec, 65 yards

Entering his fourth season, Crabtree is hoping to take that next step to stardom. He'll turn 25 years old next week, and a leaner body -- along with veterans Randy Moss, Vernon Davis and Mario Manningham around him -- could signify a breakout season.

37titansNate Washington

Nate Washington

5 rec, 62 yards

When the No. 1 receiver (Kenny Britt) is unavailable, everyone else steps up a spot on the depth chart. Some No. 2 receivers can handle the No. 1 role; some cannot. Washington is one who cannot.

38jaguarsLaurent Robinson

Laurent Robinson

4 rec, 61 yards

Robinson is an intriguing play against a new-look Vikings secondary. He is the Jaguars’ No. 1 receiver, for now, but may not necessarily draw opposing teams’ top cornerback.

39brownsGreg Little

Greg Little

4 rec, 57 yards

The good news is that Little remains the best target on the Browns roster. The bad news is that Nnamdi Asomugha eats receivers better than Little for lunch.

40cowboysMiles Austin

Miles Austin

4 rec, 57 yards

Austin's hamstring kept him on the sideline in August, but he had a good week of practice and all reports suggest he'll be in the lineup Wednesday night. The Cowboys will limit his touches, of course, and the nature of the injury will limit Austin's explosiveness.

41redskinsPierre Garcon

Pierre Garcon

3 rec, 57 yards

Garcon was targeted seven times in the Redskins’ third preseason game -- more than double any other receiver. He will again be the focus of the Redskins’ passing game, and should improve upon his performance from his last meeting against New Orleans (three catches for 31 yards last year).

42chargersRobert Meachem

Robert Meachem

4 rec, 55 yards

When was the last time a No. 2 WR from one team signed with another team to become the No. 1 WR and had success? It could be a tough season for Meachem’s fantasy owners. (See Alvin Harper.)

43dolphinsDavone Bess

Davone Bess

5 rec, 55 yards

Bess probably isn't even happy that he's the Dolphins' No. 1 receiver, but that's the reality. He could be targeted a lot, but he has never been much of a playmaker.

44jaguarsJustin Blackmon

Justin Blackmon

3 rec, 54 yards

Blackmon sustained an ankle injury in Wednesday’s practice, making him a question mark for Week 1. If he does go, fantasy owners should expect for him to get as many looks as Laurent Robinson, although Blackmon is already the Jaguars’ preferred target in the red zone.

45titansKendall Wright

Kendall Wright

3 rec, 48 yards

The team’s top draft choice had his moments this preseason. But his eyes will be as glossy as Locker’s in his first NFL start. Wright is part of Tennessee’s future, not its present – at least not this week.

46lionsNate Burleson

Nate Burleson

3 rec, 47 yards

Burleson continues to play an integral role in the Detroit offense as a possession receiver, but to fantasy owners he is close to being irrelevant. Expect his looks to be trimmed down considerably from last year.

47panthersBrandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

4 rec, 45 yards

The third-year receiver had the only 100-yard receiving game of his career against the Bucs last season. He had a relatively quiet preseason (three catches for 53 yards), but he's a popular sleeper candidate for 2012.

48ravensAnquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

4 rec, 45 yards

The 10-year veteran caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in three preseason games. But he was only healthy for one game against the Bengals last year -- and he caught just one pass for 35 yards.

49seahawksSidney Rice

Sidney Rice

4 rec, 45 yards

After offseason shoulder surgery, it has been a slow go for Rice this summer. He'll be ready to play in Week 1, but it's doubtful he'll be able to produce at a top-notch level.

50brownsJosh Gordon

Josh Gordon

3 rec, 44 yards

Gordon was the most targeted receiver in Cleveland’s final preseason game, and he performed well when Cleveland met Philadelphia on August 24 (three catches for 50 yards). Don’t get too excited, however. This is the real deal now, and Gordon is just another rookie trying to catch on.

51redskinsJosh Morgan

Josh Morgan

3 rec, 42 yards

Morgan earned the Redskins’ No. 2 starting spot ahead of Leonard Hankerson, but Washington will use a fleet of receivers to complement Pierre Garcon and TE Fred Davis. No reason for fantasy owners to pay much attention here.

52eaglesJeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin

3 rec, 41 yards

DeSean Jackson or Maclin? Maclin or Jackson? Fantasy owners never quite know which player to choose in a given week. We’re giving the nod to Jackson this week, but only because Maclin missed so much time recovering from illness.

53raidersDenarius Moore

Denarius Moore

3 rec, 40 yards

Moore has battled a hamstring injury all preseason, but he has been running this week and should be ready to go for the Raiders' opener. In two games against the Chargers, Moore caught eight passes for 224 yards and two TDs.

54jetsStephen Hill

Stephen Hill

3 rec, 39 yards

The team’s second round rookie caught just nine passes this preseason. Hardly impressive, but good enough to earn reps in this passing offense. We’re keeping expectations low for now.

55giantsDomenik Hixon

Domenik Hixon

3 rec, 38 yards

Hixon will replace Mario Manningham as the No. 3 receiver in New York?s passing attack. He is no Manningham. If there is a reason for optimism this week, it's that Dallas is thin on talent in the secondary.

56patriotsJulian Edelman

Julian Edelman

3 rec, 37 yards

Somebody has to have a slow day for this passing game, right? Edelman is a forgotten weapon in Tom Brady’s bag of tricks, but he’ll get at least a few looks to stay on the fantasy radar.

57chiefsSteve Breaston

Steve Breaston

3 rec, 36 yards

For now, Breaston will start opposite Dwayne Bowe, even though Dexter McCluster and Jon Baldwin are making their cases for more reps. This week, Breaston will be the odd man out for a passing offense still trying to find its rhythm.

58vikingsMichael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins

2 rec, 35 yards

Jenkins will keep Jerome Simpson’s seat warm while the offseason addition serves his suspension. Jenkins may go unnoticed in this contest, as most of Christian Ponder’s throws will head in the direction of either Percy Harvin or one of the team’s tight ends.

5949ersRandy Moss

Randy Moss

3 rec, 35 yards

The veteran receiver hasn't played a game since January of 2011, but he'll be facing a secondary that loves to gamble. He's worth giving a shot as a flex or WR3 in Week 1. The Niners have a lot of players for Green Bay to worry about.

60bearsAlshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery

3 rec, 35 yards

The rookie will have plenty of room to work, as defenses shift attention to Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. Jeffery is a player to watch as the season progresses.

61cardinalsAndre Roberts

Andre Roberts

3 rec, 35 yards

Roberts seems to be a placeholder until rookie Michael Floyd can learn how to run routes. Roberts, however, is a player to watch. Many had tabbed him as a breakout WR last season, but he disappointed.

62coltsAustin Collie

Austin Collie

3 rec, 35 yards

Collie suffered his fourth concussion in two years during the preseason, but he's expected to be ready for Sunday. Fantasy owners get nearly as many headaches dealing with Collie in their lineup as he does. He's still a weapon in PPR leagues when he's healthy.

63texansKevin Walter

Kevin Walter

3 rec, 35 yards

Walter is essentially Andre Johnson's caddy, and he's not worth playing in most fantasy leagues. If Johnson gets hurt (a frequent occurrence), that could change things.

64billsDonald Jones

Donald Jones

2 rec, 31 yards

Jones can’t offer much to fantasy owners, especially against a deep and talented New York secondary. He is one of several secondary receivers that will be used to complement Steve Johnson.

65saintsDevery Henderson

Devery Henderson

2 rec, 31 yards

Henderson’s role may change this season with the loss of Robert Meachem, but it won’t be noticeable in Week 1, as New Orleans will stick to its core group of weapons against a Redskins secondary that can be picked apart from every angle.

66buccaneersMike Williams

Mike Williams

3 rec, 30 yards

Willliams is coming off a tough sophomore season, but now he'll get to work against the second-best corner on the opposing team. In two games against Carolina last season, he caught nine passes for 132 yards and no TDs.

67cowboysDwayne Harris

Dwayne Harris

2 rec, 29 yards

Harris caught eight balls this preseason, including three for touchdowns, and averaged more than 20 yards per reception. Back to reality. Many believe he can replace Laurent Robinson as Dallas' No. 3 receiver this season, but in this game's his contribution will be minimal.

68falconsHarry Douglas

Harry Douglas

2 rec, 29 yards

After Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez take their fair share from Kansas City’s secondary, there will be little left over for Douglas … as usual.

69dolphinsLegedu Naanee

Legedu Naanee

3 rec, 25 yards

Naanee comes to South Florida via Carolina and San Diego. With the Panthers last season, he had 44 catches for 467 yards. Unfortunately, his rookie QB this season isn't expected to do what his rookie QB did last season.

70redskinsSantana Moss

Santana Moss

2 rec, 24 yards

Even in this contest -- likely a shootout -- Moss carries virtually no fantasy value. The Redskins will use him in multiple receiver sets from the slot, but the team will take care of Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan and TE Fred Davis first.

71ramsBrian Quick

Brian Quick

1 rec, 23 yards

The rookie offers Sam Bradford a larger target than Danny Amendola or Steve Smith when St. Louis is within scoring range. Fantasy owners shouldn’t shop for him on the waiver wire quite yet, though. Quick saw limited action in the preseason, and won’t see much time on Sunday, either.

72bengalsBrandon Tate

Brandon Tate

2 rec, 18 yards

Tate is basically the best of bad options in Cincy, with the other WR2 candidates being rookie Mohamed Sanu, Armon Binns and Marvin Jones.

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